Calendar of Events


 If you have an event you would like to see listed in the Calendar of Events, please email your request to [email protected]  Events are printed on a space available basis and must be received by the 5th of the month prior to the month of the schedule event.

Holiday Events


Missouri Parades

December 3: 2022 Neosho Christmas Parade, 5 pm, Neosho Square. Theme: Christmas Through the Decades. This theme will allow participants to create a showcase of what Christmas looked like during the decade of their choice, and entries are encouraged to be creative, as several prizes will be awarded. 417.451.1925.

December 5: Carthage Christmas Parade and Mayor’s Tree Lighting, 7 pm. The square will be outlined in lights for the first time in decades. Come experience the warmth and charm of the season in the downtown historic district with decorations, window paintings and more.

December 6: 2022 Joplin Christmas Parade: Christmas in Candy-Land, 6 pm. Parade runs up Main Street from 15th Street to 2nd Street. Freeman Health System is proud to continue its ongoing support and sponsorship of the Annual Joplin Christmas Parade. 

December 9: Seneca’s Annual Hometown Christmas Parade, 6 pm, Bordertown lot. The theme is Hometown Vintage Christmas. Free hot chocolate, cookies and pictures with Santa. 

December 10: 69th Annual Pierce City Christmas Parade, 5:30 pm. Free to entrants and no application.  Arrive between 3:30 pm and 5 pm. Use ONLY Myrtle Street to get to the lineup. For more information, call/text Becky 417.489.3041.

December 14: Webb City Christmas Parade, 6:30 pm, downtown. Help Project Graduation celebrate Christmas in downtown Webb City! Contact Susan Fodor [email protected]

Oklahoma Parades

December 1: Vinita Christmas Parade of Lights, 6 pm, downtown. This year’s parade theme is Christmas Movies. Bring the family out for a night of magic at the annual Vinita Christmas Parade of Lights.

December 1: Pryor Christmas Parade, 7 pm, downtown. Join us for the 2022 Parade of Lights! Let’s celebrate our way into a magical holiday season.

December 3: Miami Route 66 Christmas Parade: Christmas Movie Magic, 6 pm, downtown. Let’s fill Miami with movie themes, music and lights for this fun downtown parade!

December 10: 22nd Annual Lights on the Lake Christmas Parade, 6 pm, Grove. Join us for the 22nd Annual Lights on the Lake Christmas Parade.

Kansas Parades

November 28: Pittsburg Christmas Parade, 6:30 pm, downtown Pittsburg. This year’s theme is Charlie Brown Christmas.

November 30: Columbus Celebration, 7 pm. Parade, children’s activities, food. 

December 1: Parsons, 7 pm, downtown. Christmas activities. 

December 3: Baxter Springs, 2 pm, downtown. 


Pittsburg, KS.

December 3: Holiday Market, 9 am-3 pm, The Barn at Timber Cove, 832 S. 250th Street. Shop local and support small businesses in the community.

December 3: Holiday Craft Fair, 9 am-noon, Memorial Auditorium, 503 N. Pine Street. Shop for homemade gifts and goodies. Tons of vendors with handmade items that are a perfect gift for that special someone. Non-perishable and unexpired food donations accepted.

December 3: Santa’s Workshop, 9-noon, Memorial Auditorium, 503 N. Pine Street. Join us to celebrate the holidays with a special visit from Santa, kid’s activities and hot cocoa. 

December 4: Holiday Extravaganza, 3-4:30 pm, Bicknell Family Center for the Arts, 1711 South Homer Street. The SEK will partner with faculty, community members and students to bring the excitement of the holiday season to the Bicknell. Christmas Around the World will not only showcase our student conductors, Thomas Smith, Jonathan De Soto and Astrid Jerez, but also baritone Patrick Howle, dance ensembles such as the PSU Dance Studio, SEK Danza Folklórica, accordion player Gene Corsini, and a lot more. Contact Raul Munguia at 806.300.4601 for information.

Carl Junction, MO

December 13: Cheers at the Chamber! Holiday Open House, 11:30 am-1:30 pm. Enjoy lunch, light refreshments and networking as we celebrate the holiday season together. Accepting donations like child mittens/gloves, scarves and unwrapped toys to benefit local charities.

Joplin, MO

November 29-December 31: 2022 Holiday Tree Trail Kickoff Event, 6-8 pm, Mercy Park. Enjoy the lighting of 40 decorated trees along the park’s walking trail, watch performances by Karen’s Dance Studio students, enjoy hot cocoa and cookies, read a fantastic winter book along a special StoryWalk® and visit Santa!

December 1-9: Gingerbread House Contest, Joplin Historical Society, entries from December 1-9. The first 25 people at the museum December 2 at 3:30 pm receive a gingerbread house kit to decorate and enter the contest. Entries can be brought to the Joplin History and Mineral Museum from December 3-9. Entry is free. Three categories – youth, adults and professionals; first prize in each category is $50. Judging December 10 with winners announced at 11 am. Everyone can see the houses Dec. 10-17.

December 2 & 3: Downtown Christmas Open House, Holiday Tree Trail Kickoff December 2, 4-7 pm; December 3, 11 am-4 pm, Downtown Joplin-The Brick District. Check out participating boutiques and shop for special deals, new releases and other treats to get you in the holiday spirit!

December 4: Christmas on the Ridge, 2-6 pm, La Boussole Medical Spa and Wellness Center, 5594 W. Junge Blvd. Join us for our holiday open house and inaugural Christmas on the Ridge! Lots of goodies, holiday shopping, special services and Santa! You won’t want to miss celebrating with us!

December 10: Chase the Chill, Homewood Suites, 2642 E. 32nd St., 10  am, distributes scarves, hats, & gloves in public places so that those in need, regardless of income and without any qualifications or other  criteria, can help themselves. To learn more, like the Facebook page or contact Tupper Moss directly at 417.680.4906.

December 17: Creepy Christmas Bizarre, 9 am-11 pm. The fabulous gals and pals of Auntie Sal’s are hosting a Creepy Christmas Bizarre, JB’s Downtown: The event will begin with yoga and breakfast at 9 am with vending from 11 am to 5 pm, photos with Papa Strange from 5 to 7 pm, and the evening will end with a costumed dance party. We hope to see you there. The price also includes 10 tickets to give to friends or family; other tickets may be purchased at a 50% discount ($10 regular price).

Neosho, MO

December 3: Breakfast with Santa, 8-11 am, Neosho Auditorium. Join us for a fun morning for your whole family! Enjoy a pancake breakfast, crafts, games and pictures with Santa. Call 417.451.1925.

December 9: Holiday Sip & Shop Pop Up Market, 5 pm, Shoe Sensation, 1166 S. Neosho Blvd. Event is free to everyone; drink cards available for those in attendance who want to drink wine. There will also be nonalcoholic beverages and snacks.

Seneca, MO

December 3: 2nd Annual Seneca Jive Tribe Holiday Bazaar, 9 am-3 pm, Seneca High School. Handmade crafts and treats. Follow the signs. For free admission to the craft fair, do not use the doors on the west side of the building.

Seneca, MO

December 1, 2 and 3: Journey to Bethlehem, 6-9 pm. Experience a live stage show, interactive outdoor theater, real animals and a living nativity at Racine Christian Church, 12218 State Highway K. Begin this Christmas season with an unforgettable new family tradition. Travel back in time to first-century Israel to experience the original Christmas story, the birth of Jesus of Nazareth. or call 417.776.2280.

Webb City, MO

December 17: Santa at the Market, 9 am-noon. Come inside the heated pavilions to share those last-minute wishes. Enjoy breakfast, coffee and Mexican hot chocolate. Local produce farms, apiaries and ranches sell farm fresh products. 

Carthage, MO

Friday & Saturdays Through December: Hometown Holidays, 4:30-10:30 pm, Carthage square. New attractions, a bigger ice rink, a transformed Winter Wonderland and Santa within the Village! Food Trucks will also be onsite. Tickets are on sale now! Ticket options include: $5 activity wristband and $5 ice skating. Ice skating tickets are sold per 45-minute time slot starting at 5 pm. Reserve your time slot online @ Online ticket sales close daily at 2:30 pm and can be purchased in the Village. Entrance into the Village is FREE and includes free pictures with Santa.  Carthage event details follow Vision Carthage on Facebook or visit

Sparkle in the Park is a spectacular light display put on by Carthage Water & Electric Plant (CWEP), covering nearly every inch of Central Park, turning it into a festive Winter Wonderland.

Sparkle in the Park will be open for the public to enjoy starting Monday, November 28th until Sunday, January 1st from 5pm-12am, daily.



Community Calendar of Events

Pittsburg, KS

Wednesdays: Trivia Night, 7 pm, Drop the H Brewing Company, 107 E. Rose St.

Thursdays: Thursday Night Line Dance Lessons, 7-9 pm, Dirty Mule Restaurant Bar & Event Center, 134 S. US 69.

First Friday of the Month: Heavy metal bands, live music, 9 pm, Dirty Mule Restaurant Bar & Event Center, 134 S. US 69.

Second Friday of the Month: Drag Shows, 10 pm, Dirty Mule Restaurant Bar & Event Center, 134 S. US 69.

Last Friday of the Month: College Night w/ DJ A Baby, 8 pm-2 am. Free admission with college ID. Dirty Mule Restaurant Bar & Event Center, 134 S. US 69.

December 3: Holiday Market, 9 am-3 pm, The Barn at Timber Cove, 832 S. 250th Street.

December 3: Holiday Craft Fair, 9 am-noon, Memorial Auditorium, 503 N. Pine Street.

ArtForms Gallery Workshops, 620 N. Broadway, Pittsburg, KS. 620.240.0165 Check our Facebook page during the month as artists may offer popups.

December 2: Holiday Open House, 5-9 pm.

December 4: Icy Winter Night Credit Card Painting, 3-5 pm. An easy, beginner level make and take. Bring an old credit card, library card, grocery club card–whatever you have. This painting goes fast, but you’ll have plenty of time to finish. This will be a smaller-sized canvas, $30, payable at registration. Ages: 14+. Class limit: 10.

December 10: Kids Paint Party, 10-11:30 am. Holiday-themed paint party for young artists! Children will create a holiday masterpiece using acrylic paint and embellishments. Painting techniques will be taught; however, emphasis will be on enhancing creativity through personal expression. Hot cocoa and cookies will be served! $25, payable at registration. Age: 6-11 years.

December 10: Teen Paint Party, 1-3 pm. Workshop is designed for young artists who love to paint and would like to improve their skills. A variety of materials will be provided, but students will choose their own content. $30, payable at registration. Ages: 12-17 years.

December 10: Paint & Sip, 5-7 pm. Drawing skills are not required for this loose technique as we will use a reindeer silhouette and then fill in with color scheme of your choice.  Acrylic paint on a 16” x 20” stretched canvas. $40. Class limit: 12. Ages: 21+ to bring alcohol.  

December 17: Poured Ornaments, 2-4 pm. Let’s pour some ornaments for your tree! $35. Ages: 14 and up. Class size: 10.

Carl Junction Community Center: 303 N. Main St., 417.649.7237

Monday, Wednesday & Friday Pickleball: 6-10 pm, Tuesday & Thursday:  1-3 pm and Sunday 1-6 pm. Tuesday Yoga, 6 pm. 

December 3: Carl Junction Lions Breakfast, 8-11 am, CJ Community Center. Cost: Adults, $6; children under 6, $3. Call 417.439.7724.

Carthage, MO

December 3: All-You-Can-Eat Breakfast, 9-11 am, Carthage Shrine Club. Public welcome. $7 per person. Call 417.317.0609. 

December 3: Holiday Homes Tour and Tea, 10 am-4 pm, presented by Carthage Historic Preservation. This festive homes tour features a cross section of beautiful homes in a variety of styles decorated for the holidays. $25 per person/$30 at the door. Also, for your enjoyment that day, tea at the Historic Phelps House. Available by reservation, $30 per person. Tea times: 11 am, 1 pm, 3 pm and 5:30 pm. For more information, call 417.358.1776.

Diamond, MO – George Washington Carver National Monument Visitor Center Free Programs. Two miles west of Diamond on Highway V, then 1/4 mile south on Carver Road. Visitor center and park grounds open daily 9 am-5 pm. Call 417.325.4151 or visit *Programs will be presented outside on the park grounds

December 3: Holiday Open House, 1-3 pm. The park staff and volunteers invite the public to a holiday celebration of the season!

December 4: Film: Seeds of Success, 1 pm. This locally produced program by Ozarks Public Television is a documentary tribute to acclaimed agricultural scientist, humanitarian and educator George Washington Carver. 

December 10 & 11: George Washington Carver: A Man of Great Faith, 1 pm. Hear how George Washington Carver learned to listen to “the Great Creator” when studying nature and science, and how he communed with God in the stillness of his early morning walks. 

December 17: Astronomy: Wonders of The Night Sky, 6-8 pm. The largest natural resource is the night sky. Learn about celestial navigation, star stories and the effects of light pollution, including an outdoor constellation tour. 

December 18: Struggle for Education, 1 pm. Can you imagine being denied entry to school simply because of the color of your skin? Learn more about this and other challenges George Washington Carver faced in his pursuit of a formal education.

Joplin, MO

Saturdays: Joplin Empire Market, 10 am-2 pm, Joplin Empire Market, 931 E. 4th St. The Joplin Empire Market is the place to find the best in locally grown produce, gourmet foodstuffs and handmade artisan goods. Curbside ordering also available, and orders may be placed Tuesday at 8 pm until Thursday at 8 pm at Curbside pickup hours are 10:30 am-12:30 pm Saturday. More information: [email protected] 

December 2: The Woman’s Club of Joplin, noon, Twin Hills Golf and Country Club. Lunch will be served followed by a Christmas Extravaganza presented by the Show-Me Harmony Choir. Call 417.483.6336.

Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center, 201 West Riviera Drive, Joplin, MO. The Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center is your local connection to Missouri’s fish, forests, and wildlife. Check out the native plant landscaping, exhibits or hike the trails. Purchase a fishing or hunting permit, attend a nature program, or watch for wildlife along the trails and banks of Shoal Creek. Enjoy a variety of free public programs throughout the year. Education Center is open Tuesday-Friday 9 am-5 pm and Saturday 10 am-3 pm. Closed Sunday, Monday and most state holidays. Call 417.629.3434, email [email protected] or visit for upcoming events. Parking lot, grounds and trail are open seven days a week from sunrise to sunset.

December 9: Holiday Open House, 5-8 pm. Join us as we celebrate the holidays with light refreshments and holiday activities for young and old alike. Learn how to recycle last year’s Natural Event Calendar into this year’s holiday gifts. Enjoy an evening of crafting a variety of nature ornaments to take home. The Wildcat Glades Friends Group Nature store will be open for shopping, so you can find that perfect gift for the nature-lover on your shopping list. Stop by anytime!

December 10: Holiday Natural Craft Day, 10:30 am-2:30 pm. Stop by anytime to make some simple holiday ornaments from recycled and natural materials. We’ll supply the materials, kids bring the creativity and parents provide guidance. Bring a bag to carry your ornaments home.

December 10: Short-eared Owl Hike, 4:30 pm. Winter in Missouri means short-eared owls may be seen flying low over native grasslands in search of mice, rabbits and other small mammals. Join us at Shawnee Trail Conservation Area to discover more about these uncommon winter residents. Bring the family and dress for the weather for this easy-rated hike.

December 14: Virtual: Attracting and IDing Winter Birds, 6 pm. Winter is a great time to start the hobby of bird watching while stuck indoors. Join us to learn about common birds seen during winter and how to keep them around your feeders. 

December 20: Little Acorns: Busy Birds, 10:30 am. Recommended for ages 3 to 7. A winter breeze makes a busy bird. While some birds are moving south, others are finding food and a warm place to stay. Bring your little ones to learn about the wonders of our feathered friends during winter and make a bird feeder to take home.  

Webb City, MO

Saturdays: Webb City Farmers Market, 9 am-noon. Farm-fresh produce, baked goods, herbs, jams and jellies, humanely raised meats and so much more can be found at the Webb City Farmers Market. Info: 417.438.5833.

Wildcat Glades Friends Group, 201 Riviera Dr., Joplin, Missouri. All programs are free of charge, but registration is requested. To register, please email [email protected] or visit our Facebook page for online registration options. Classes are limited to the first 20 students registered for preschool and yoga classes.

December 9: Holiday Open House, 5-8 pm, Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center. The Wildcat Glades Nature Store will be open and will have exclusive sales for this night only. Come get all of your holiday shopping done for the nature-lovers in your life! After shopping, join the staff at Missouri Dept. of Conservation as they offer ornament crafting and refreshments.

December 10: Yoga in Nature-Adults, 8:30-9:30 am, ages 12+. This class is designed to incorporate elements of nature, breathing and yoga poses. Bring your yoga mat or a towel and a reusable water bottle. $10 to attend. You must pre-register. To register, visit our Facebook page or email [email protected]

December 10: Yoga in Nature for Kids, 10:30 am, free. Ages 4 and up accompanied by an adult. Bring your yoga mat or a towel and a reusable water bottle. Must pre-register. Please sign up by following the instructions on our Facebook page or email [email protected]  

December 10 & 28: Preschool Program: Snowy Nap, ages 3-7. Free. Dec. 10: 1-2 pm, December 28, 10-11 am, Wildcat Glades Education Cottage. We will read a book by Jan Brett called Winter Nap. We will talk about hibernation and other ways animals prepare for and survive winter. Must pre-register. Please do so by visiting our Facebook page or by emailing [email protected] 

December 12: Winter Craft Day, Wildcat Glades Education Cottage. Free. Ages 8 and up: 10 am-12 pm. Ages 13 and up: 1-3 pm.

Grove, Oklahoma 

Har-Ber Village Santa’s Ozark Mountain Village Dec. 3 and Dec. 17th. 40,000 Christmas lights, Snowfall every hour, live music, shopping, craft classes, wine tasting. 5:30 pm – 8:30 p.m. Tickets 

Enjoy the new Ice Skating rink in beautiful downtown Grove. Friday, Saturday and Sundays. Info: 

Dec. 2 – Lights on Grove, come celebrate the unofficial start of Christmas, lighting of the Christmas tree, ice skating opening, Santa. Downtown Grove 6 p.m. 

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Carthage, MO

December 1-4 & 8-11: A Christmas Story, 6 pm, Sunday 12:30 pm, Stone’s Throw Dinner Theatre, 2466 Old 66 Blvd. Humorist Jean Shepherd’s memoir of growing up in the Midwest in the 1940s follows Ralphie Parker in his quest to get a genuine Red Ryder BB gun under the tree for Christmas. Info: [email protected], 417.358.9665.

December 31: My Fatal Valentine by Eileen Moushey, 6pm, Stone’s Throw Dinner Theatre, 2466 Old 66 Blvd. At a convention of romance writers, the contenders for the LoveKnot Book of the Year Award are anxious to find out who wins the prize. Editor Benton Fish tries to keep the award ceremonies civilized amid jealousies and rivalries. When the winner is announced and then abruptly murdered, it will be up to the amateur detectives in the audience to vote for who they think “dunit.” Reservations required. Info: [email protected], 417.358.9665.

Joplin, MO


December 1-4: Holiday Inn, 7 pm, December 3 & 4, 2 pm, Ozark Christian College Chapel, 1111 N. Main St. Rd. In this musical based on the beloved film, Jim Hardy leaves behind the hustle and bustle of showbiz for a quiet life on a Connecticut farm. Tickets: or [email protected] Adult $15, children (ages 12 and under) $10. Info: [email protected] or 417.626.1292.

December 8-11 and 15-18: A Good Old-Fashioned Big Family Christmas, 7 pm, Sundays 2:30 pm, Stained Glass Theatre Joplin, 2101 Annie Baxter Ave. Hayden Stewart’s wife, Judith, and her sisters are concerned about their parents, who they claim argue constantly. Tickets: Adults $10, children (ages 4-14) $5, children ages 3 and under admitted for free. Info: [email protected] 

December 9 & 10: Who’s Holiday! (ages 18+), 7:30 pm, Dream Theatre Co., 124 S. Main St. Reservations required; reserve your ticket at Combination tickets for guests attending Who’s Holiday and A Christmas Crawl are available at Tickets: Who’s Holiday ticket $15, combination ticket $25. Info: [email protected], 417.622.6470.

December 10: Glenda Austin, 6 pm, Harry M. Cornell Arts & Entertainment Complex, 212 W. 7th St. Glenda Austin is a life-long pianist, church musician and educator. Tickets may be purchased at or at the Harry M. Cornell Arts & Entertainment Complex Tuesday through Friday, 10 am-5 pm. $10. Info: [email protected], 417.501.5550.

December 11: JPTA Christmas Recital, 1:30-4:30 pm, Harry M. Cornell Arts & Entertainment Complex, 212 W. 7th St. Support some of Joplin’s youngest musicians during the Joplin Area Piano Teachers’ Association’s December recital! Free. Info: [email protected]

December 11: MSSU Choral Society Holiday Concert, 3-4:15 pm, First Community Church, 2007 E. 15th St. Members of the choir will sing several selections that celebrate the holiday season. Free; donations appreciated. Info: [email protected], 417.208.9654.

December 16: Holiday Breakaway (ages 16+), 7 pm, Joplin Avenue Coffee Company, 506 S. Joplin Ave. Join Joplin Improv and enjoy some laughs before jumping into Christmas and New Year’s! Free. Info: [email protected], 417.763.1464.

December 17: Christmas with the Annie Moses Band, 3 pm & 7 pm, Harry M. Cornell Arts & Entertainment Complex, 212 W. 7th St. The Annie Moses Band is an ensemble of Juilliard-trained siblings whose genre-defying performances have thrilled audiences for more than a decade. Tickets may be purchased at, 417.501-5550 or at the Harry M. Cornell Arts & Entertainment Complex Tuesday through Friday, 10 am-5 pm. Tickets: $35-$45. Info: [email protected], 417.501.5550.

December 17: Sing Noel, 6-7:45 pm, Ozark Christian College Chapel, 1111 N. Main St. Rd. This Christmas concert includes a combined youth and adult choir of more than 140 members. Free; donations appreciated. Info: [email protected], 417.389.7426.


December 1-June 1, 2023: Iconic Joplin (ages 12-16), Joplin’s 150th birthday celebration, Iconic Joplin, challenges teams of teens to work together to research, design and build Joplin landmarks – in their past, present or future states – out of LEGO bricks! Teams will compete for prizes. Teams announced December 1, and each will receive support from local STEM professionals and historians. Winners announced in June 2023. Free. Info: [email protected], 417.825.3395.

December 2: Elements Art Gallery and Studio Ribbon Cutting, 4:30 pm, Elements Art Gallery and Studio, 2207 W. 7th St., Suite 8. Meet the artists who call this gallery home, and enjoy food and wine. Free. Info: [email protected], 417.691.8285.

December 3: Anime/Manga Club (ages 11-18), 2 pm, Joplin Public Library. Watch some anime, draw your favorite characters and more. Cosplay is always welcome but never required. Free. Info: [email protected], 417.623.7953 x1027.

December 4, 11 & 18: Open Mic Comedy Night, 9 pm, Blackthorn Pizza & Pub. Join Joplin Comedy and try out your latest stand-up routine or take in the acts of local comedians, all while enjoying tasty pizza from Blackthorn Pizza & Pub. Age restrictions: 18+ until 10 pm; 21+ from 10 pm until close. Free. [email protected], 417.540.9186.

December 8: Joplin Writers’ Guild, 6 pm, Joplin Public Library, 1901 E. 20th St. Members have published novels, nonfiction books and articles. Dues $10 for the year, but anyone interested can attend their first meeting free. Information: [email protected], 417.691.0480.

December 9: Makers Market Craft Fair, 2-9 pm, Missouri Southern State University Billingsly Student Center, 3950 E. Newman Rd. MSSU’s first Makers Market Craft Fair is the perfect place for MSSU students and staff and community members to showcase and sell their artful items! Visit the market on the second floor of MSSU’s Billingsly Student Center to peruse and purchase original artwork from vendors. Free. Info: [email protected], 417.625.3004.

December 9 & 10: A Christmas Crawl (ages 21+), 9 pm, Dream Theatre Co., 124 S. Main St. Join Scrooge for a wintery pub crawl highlighting the signature holiday drinks from the hottest locations in downtown Joplin! Photos with Krampus, live carolers and Dickens-era ghosts are included in this seasonal pub crawl. Must be 21 or older to participate. Registration required; register at Combination tickets for guests attending Who’s Holiday and A Christmas Crawl are available at Tickets: Pub Crawl ticket $15, combination ticket $25. Info: [email protected], 417.622.6470.

December 16 & 17: Wizard’s Magical Yule Ball, 8-11:30 pm, Dream Theatre Co., 124 S. Main St. The Ministry of Magic requests the pleasure of your company at Dream Theatre Co.’s Yule Ball! Muggle or wizard, you’re invited to celebrate Christmas and the Triwizard Tournament with a magical evening of dancing and fun. All ages welcome! Reservations required. Tickets: $15. Info: [email protected], 417.622.6470. 

December 30: A Novel New Year, 4:30-9 pm, Scottish Rite Cathedral, 505 Byers Ave. Join FosterAdopt Connect Joplin in partnership with Dream Theatre Co., for a novel New Year celebration! This family-friendly event features a cocktail/mocktail hour, dinner, desserts and a live, interactive performance by Dream Theatre Co. Can you find the clues and solve the mystery? Info: [email protected], 417.744.9728.


Through December 31: 75th Annual Joy Spiva Cragin Membership Show, Harry M. Cornell Arts & Entertainment Complex, 212 W. 7th St. Back for its 75th year, the Joy Spiva Cragin Membership Show honors the wide range of passions and creativity its members channel into their work. Free; donations appreciated. Info: [email protected], 417.623.0183.

Through December 31: Emerging Artist Exhibit, Harry M. Cornell Arts & Entertainment Complex, 212 W. 7th St. Joplin Regional Artists Coalition (JRAC) presents a juried exhibit specifically for new or emerging artists! Designed for high school or college students aged 16 or older, the Emerging Artist Exhibit exposes the community to the next generation of artists and their work. Free; donations appreciated. More information: [email protected]

December 1-31: Art at Plant Parenthood, Plant Parenthood 417, 528 S. Main St. Plant Parenthood, a store that helps people experience, grow and decorate with plants, is not only dedicated to plants, but to local artists as well! Drop in to see unbe-leaf-able artwork from Marta Churchwell, Merlen White, Daria Claiborne, Connie Miller and Brent Skinner. Free. Info: [email protected]

Through March 4, 2023: Thomas Hart Benton, Harry M. Cornell Arts & Entertainment Complex, 212 W 7th St. For the first time ever, view the entire collection of editioned lithographs from Missouri artist Thomas Hart Benton. Created between 1929 and 1974, the 91 lithographs are on loan from the State Historical Society of Missouri and include a wide range of imagery that represent Benton’s complex aesthetic and philosophical approaches to American identity. Free; donations appreciated. Info: [email protected], 417.623.0183.

November 1-January 2: The Eyes Have It by Joplin Regional Artists Coalition, Joplin Public Library, The Bramlage and Wilcoxon Foundation Gallery, 1901 E. 20th St. Free. Info: [email protected], 417.623.7953 x1041.

Through January 31: The Beauty of Nature by Sandra Parill, Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce, 320 E. 4th St. Local artist Sandra Parill presents a collection of paintings featuring landscapes, animals and scenery, all capturing the wonder of nature. Free. Info: [email protected], 417.438.5931.


Spiva Center for the Arts, 222 W. 3rd Street 

Tuesdays: Creation Station (ages 6-11), 4-5:15 pm. Painting, drawing, clay, collage, sculpture and more. Pre-registration recommended, and space is limited in this popular class; register at  In advance $6, at door $8. More information: [email protected] 417.623.0183.

Harry M. Cornell Arts & Entertainment Complex, 212 W. 7th St.

December 3: Intro to Encaustics with Jodie Sutton (ages 16+), 1-3 pm. A fun beginner class, participants learn how to paint with beeswax and resin, also known as encaustics. Explore how to prepare wood panels, fuse, add color and build up texture on works. Registration required; register at Cost: $40. Info: [email protected], 417.623.0183.

December 3: Printmaking Wrapping Paper with Ela Hosp (ages 15+), 2-4 pm. Make your own custom wrapping paper! Ela Hosp will teach participants the printmaking process and students will take home several sheets of their own holiday paper to wrap gifts or to keep for themselves. Registration required; register at Cost: $30. Info: [email protected], 417.623.0183.

December 10: Collage Accessories with Jill Halbach (ages 14+), 10 am-noon. Make either a brooch, bolo or pendant using magazines, paper, wood and more! Registration required; register at $25. Info: [email protected], 417.623.0183.

December 10: Vintage Upcycled Snowmen with Brenda Hayes (ages 14+), 10 am-noon. Unique vintage materials that have been carefully collected over time and will make a perfect addition to your holiday décor. Registration required; register at Cost: $35. Info: [email protected], 417.623.0183.

December 10: Glass Ornaments with Jane McCaulley (ages 8+), 3-5 pm. Create a beautiful fused-glass ornament in preparation for the upcoming holiday season! Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned pro, you’ll have a blast in this glass class. Registration required; register at Cost: $35. Info: [email protected], 417.623.0183.

December 17: Snowflake Resin Ornaments with Jade Henning-Cantrell (ages 12+), 10 am-noon. Participants will make stunning resin ornaments using beautiful accoutrements – making the perfect holiday keepsake to enjoy for years to come. Registration required; register at Cost: $35. Info: [email protected], 417.623.0183.

Create N’ Sip Studios, 223 W. 3rd Street

Wednesdays: Wine’d Down Wednesday, 5-9 pm. Canvas and home decor DIY event. Choose the project that works for you. Prices vary depending on chosen project. $28-$58. [email protected], 417.680.5434.

Saturdays: Saturday Morning Choose Your Canvas, 10 am. Select the painting you want to recreate and let the experienced staff at Create N Sip help you make a masterpiece. Prices vary depending on chosen project. Cost: $28-$176. Information: [email protected], 417.680.5434.

Local Color Art Gallery & Studio, 1027 S. Main Street: 

Call the gallery at 417-553-0835 to sign up.

Every Tuesday: Beginner’s watercolor class, 11 am-1 pm, $20, bring your own supplies. Ages 8 and up.

Every Tuesday and Wednesday: 2 pm, $20. Improve your painting and learn principles of design. Bring your own watercolor, oils or acrylic paint for personal instruction from award-winning artist Paula Giltner. (No classes with Paula December 20, 21, 27 & 28.)

December 2: Precious Metal Clay Class, noon, 2 pm, 4 pm & 6 pm, $50 (bronze or copper), $100 (sterling silver). Students will make their own PMC pendant or earrings out of silver, bronze or copper PMC or bronze fossil or flower friendship bracelet; $75. A variety of handmade, one-of-a-kind molds provided for students to choose from to form impressions of wildflowers, botanicals or fossils in their metal art pieces. Items will be fired after class, and finished pieces can be picked up the following week in the gallery (or mailed). Sign up at the gallery or email [email protected] Please indicate which metal you prefer to work with. 

December 3: Saturday Paint Class, 10:30 am-1 pm, $30. Includes all supplies and ice cream cone from Caroline’s; ages 8 and up. Paint Monet or Van Gogh. 

December 9: Holiday Open House, 5:30-8:30 pm.

Elements Art Gallery and Studio (2207 W. 7th St., Suite 8):

Tuesdays and Wednesdays: Art Buffet, 1-4:30 pm. Gather some supplies and go to Elements Art Gallery and Studio any time between 1 pm and 4:30 pm to create with others and receive assistance from professional artists. All ages and all types of media welcome. Cost: $5 with your supplies, $15 with provided acrylic and watercolor supplies. Info: [email protected], 417.691.8285.

CLA Creativity Lab, 905 S. Main Street: 

December 28 & 29: Christmas Break Lego Camp (ages 10-16), 1-5 pm. Enjoy a fun, interactive Lego robot camp! Classes run on both December 28 and 29. Registration required; register by emailing [email protected] $100 per child. Info: [email protected], 417.850.7137.

Monett, MO

December 4: Winter Wonderland: Holiday Celebration, 3-4:30 pm, Monett High School, 1 David Sippy Dr. Sing-along carols will complete a concert that is sure to raise spirits and inspire seasonal cheer! Admission: $10 seniors (ages 65+), $5 children (ages 17 and under) free. Info: [email protected], 417.316.3302.

Neosho, MO

December 1-3 & 8-10: Little Women, 7:30 pm, Saturdays 2 pm & 7:30 pm, Crowder College, Elsie Plaster Center, 601 Laclede Ave. Group rates available. Tickets available at or call 417.455.5678. General $10, seniors $8, children (2-12) $6. Info: [email protected], 417.455.5458.


Health Events

Parsons, KS

December 13: Breast Cancer Support Group, 3:30 pm, Cancer Center conference room. Meets second Tuesday of each month. Call 620.235.7516.

December 15: Grief Companions Support Group meets second Thursday of each month, 6 pm, Elm Haven West. Call 620.704.1110.

Via Christi Hospital – Pittsburg, KS    

December 28: Cancer Support Group, 3 pm, Cancer Center conference room. Meets fourth Wednesday of each month. Call 620.235.7900.

Joplin, MO

Every day: Alcoholics Anonymous Meetings. Call 888.740.4568.

Every Monday: Tips for Living a Healthy Life, 10 am-12 pm, South YMCA, 3404 W. McIntosh Circle. Free; registration required. Call 417.625.2492.

Every day: 12-Step Recovery Meetings, Alano Club, 1800 E. 30th. Call 417.623.9645.

Every Friday: Grief Counseling, 11 am-3 pm, St. Philip’s Episcopal Church, 706 S. Byers. Free. No appointment necessary.

December 13: Brain Injury Support Group meets every second Tuesday, 12-1:30 pm, The Independent Living Center, 2639 E. 34th. Contact 417.659.8086 for information and referral. 

December 28: Grief Support Group meets every fourth Wednesday of each month, 6-7:30 pm, Hospice Compassus, 2216 E. 32nd St., Ste. 201. Call 417.623.8272.

Freeman Health System 

Joplin, MO

All events are free and open to the public, unless noted; support group meetings are cancelled on days Joplin R-VIII Schools close due to inclement weather.

December 1: Freeman Early Detection Screenings, by appointment, Freeman Screen Team Resource Center, 1130 E. 32nd St., Ste. C. Early detection screenings include abdominal aortic aneurysm, peripheral arterial disease and stroke/carotid artery screenings, as well as osteoporosis risk assessment. Fees vary. Call 417.347.6555 for an appointment. 

December 6: Expresso Yourself Breast Cancer Support Group, 5-6 pm, Joplin Avenue Coffee Company, 506 S. Joplin Ave. Enjoy a coffee courtesy of Freeman Cornell-Beshore Cancer Institute. Our monthly breast cancer support group enables members to share, gain helpful information and useful tips, and form new friendships. Enjoy listening to a special guest from time to time. RSVP to Marcella at 417.347.2662.

December 6: AHA Family and Friends CPR, 6:30-8:30 pm, Freeman Screen Team Resource Center, 1130 E. 32nd St., Ste. C. Friends and Family CPR is open to the community. This is not a certification course, but a participation card will be given. Class will cover adult, child and infant CPR, choking and AED techniques. Cost of course is $20. To register, call Shelby Allen at 417.347.5646.

December 7: Freeman Real Living with Diabetes, 12-12:45 pm, Freeman Women’s Center Conference Rooms, 1532 W. 32nd St. A meeting for anyone struggling with diabetes to discuss real issues and concerns. Call 417.347.5700 for more information.

December 13: Freeman Bariatric Weight-loss Seminar, 4:30 pm (registration), 5:30 pm (seminar), Freeman Business Center Conference Rooms, 3220 McClelland Blvd (back entrance). Better understand the options available for weight-loss surgery. Contact 417.347.1266 or to register.

December 15: Freeman Caregiver Support Group, 1-2:30 pm, Joplin Senior Center, 2616 S. Picher Ave. Are you a caregiver interested in having a safe haven to share your feelings? Receive information about resources and coping mechanisms, gain advice on what lies ahead, make new friends and learn how to deal with family members. Door prizes will be given out. RSVP to Kathy Mason at [email protected] or 417.347.8463.

December 20: Bariatric Weight-Loss Support Group, 5:30-6:30 pm, Freeman Business Center Conference Rooms, 3220 McClelland Blvd (back entrance). Designed to help those who have had bariatric surgery. For more information, call 417.347.1266.

National Alliance on Mental Illness – For information on NAMI, call 417.781.6264 or visit Meetings held at the NAMI building, 219 W. 2nd St., in Joplin.

Every Monday: NAMI Basics, 6-8:30 pm. A signature education program for parents and caregivers of children and adolescents living with mental illnesses. 

Every Tuesday: NAMI Connection Support Group, 6:30-8 pm.

Every Tuesday: Self Injury Support Group, 5-6 pm.

Every Tuesday: Family Support Group, 6:30-8 pm.

Every Wednesday: Dual Diagnosis Support Group, 2:30-3:30 pm.

Every Wednesday: Post-5/22 Stress Counseling Sessions, 10 am.

Every Thursday: Family to Family Class, 6:30-8:30 pm. For families or caregivers of individuals with severe mental illnesses. Includes current information about most major mental illnesses; information about medications, side effects and strategies for medication adherence; developing strategies for handling crises and relapse; focusing on care for the caregiver.

Neosho, MO

December 26: Caregivers Support Group meets the fourth Monday of each month, 5-6 pm, Medicalodge, 400 Lyon Drive. Help with care, finances, insurance, Medicare, Medicaid, respite care, hospice care, day care and support for the caregivers. Sponsors: Avalon Hospice and Medicalodges Neosho. Call 417.451.2544. 

Nevada Regional Medical Center, Nevada, MO

December 2: Lighting the Tree of Shining Memories, 5:30 pm. Join us on the square in downtown Nevada as we light the Tree of Shining Memories. We’ll meet on the southeast corner of the Vernon County Courthouse lawn as we read the names of all those being remembered. For information on how you can purchase a light on the tree, call 417.448.2101 or visit This event will take place just prior to the Annual Chamber of Commerce Christmas Parade through downtown Nevada.

December 3: Birth and Beyond Saturday Class, 8:30 am-noon, hospital mezzanine. The class will focus on ways the mother and her family can prepare for the birth of their baby. To register, call 417.448.2101.

December 10: Holiday Open House, 9 am-12 pm. Join us at the hospital to visit with Mr. and Mrs. Claus, decorate cookies, make an ornament and take a picture with Santa. This will be a great opportunity to kick-off the season! For more information about this free event and to RSVP, call 417.448.2101.

December 13 & 15: Birth and Beyond Evening Class, 6-8 pm, hospital mezzanine. This two-session class will focus on ways the mother and her family can prepare for the birth of their baby. To register, call 417.448.2101.

December 27: Rich Hill Family Medical Clinic Screenings, 11 am-noon, Kern Senior Center. This month, we will offer free blood pressure checks, plus a free body fat test. The event takes place at the Kern Senior Center in Rich Hill.      

Integris Baptist Regional Health Center, Grove, OK 

December 13 & 27: Depression Support Group meets the second and fourth Tuesday of each month, 2 pm, Northeastern Tribal Health System Conference Room, 2301 Eight Tribes Trail. Call 918.675.2093.

INTEGRIS Baptist Regional Health Center, Miami, OK – For more information, visit

Every Tuesday: Free blood pressure and glucose screenings provided by INTEGRIS Regency Home Care and Hospice. First Tuesday: Commerce Nutrition Center, 10:30-11:30 am. Second Tuesday: Nine Tribes Tower, 10-11 am. Third Tuesday: Miami Senior Center, 10-11 am. Fourth Tuesday: INTEGRIS Baptist Village, 9-10 am.

December 6: Alzheimer’s Support Group meets first Tuesday monthly, 11 am, Generations fourth floor visiting room. Call 918.542.3391. 

Crisis Text Line Text 741741 

Free 24/7 support for those in crisis 

to create a plan to stay safe and healthy.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

988 has been designated as the 

new three-digit dialing code